Thursday, August 04

 

Wednesday, August 03

 

Tuesday, August 02

Becoming A Better Who Fan

by Scott Lydon

Hi! My name is Scott, and I've been a D.R. Who fan for over twenty years! I've designed a short quiz as an attempt to make you a better D.R. Who fan like me. As with all D.R. Who-related quizzes, there's no pressure here, but if you get even one question wrong, you have to stop watching the show forever. Okay? Okay! So let's go!

QUIZ QUESTION ONE: What one thing do all the greatest D.R. Who villains have in common?

 

That's right! All D.R. Who villains stay on the left of the screen in a group of three! This is a fast way for you, the viewer, to tell which characters are truly cool. If they're not in a group of three, or they appear on the right of the screen, pay them no mind. That's just the producers way of saying "Hey, we made these characters in a rush and they don't count." But that was an easy one. Get ready for Question Two...

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Monday, August 01

Music Monday: Jokes (Mostly Dirty)

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! The truth is, we've all laughed at a dirty joke at least once. Today Scott's gathered a variety of songs based on off-color humor. Offensive? Maybe. Exciting? Absolutely.

NSFW Mighty Sparrow - Castro Eating A Banana

 

If you can't make out the lyrics behind the fun fun music, here's the summary: a woman tries to stop children from looking at a photo of Fidel Castro eating a banana because she thinks it's pornography. That's the level of humor we're gonna explore today. More inside.

See you after the jump, if you care to debase yourself with us.

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Tuesday, July 26

The Debunker: Do Lightning Rods Attract Lightning?

by Ken Jennings

In July 1820, Danish scientist Hans Christian Oersted published a groundbreaking pamphlet on the relationship between electric current and magnetic fields, effectively kicking off our modern electric age. You may think about electromagnetism every July when you look at your power bill and see how it spikes when your air conditioner is on. In honor of everyone getting zapped by the electric company this month, we've asked Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings to set us straight on some high-voltage misconceptions about electricity, correcting all of our shocking ignorance. He knows "watts" up. He keeps current.

The Debunker: Are Power Lines Insulated?

Lightning kills as many as 24,000 people every year, and injures ten times as many. It's a real safety issue, not one of these overhyped 11-o'clock-news dangers, like shark attacks. When you've got bolts of electricity blazing out of the sky with a currents of 50,000 amps and temperatures up to 50,000 degrees, you don't want to fool around. Thank goodness Benjamin Franklin took the time in 1749 to dream up the lightning rod, a grounded metallic terminal that can be placed atop a lightning-vulnerable building. This way, lightning can be drawn to earth without causing too much damage on the way.

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Monday, July 25

Music Monday: RIP Recap

by Scott Lydon

Scott took a little break from RIP posts, but today they're back again. Since last we tributed, four quality musical talents have passed. Let's reference them here, shall we?

Alan Vega - American Dreamer

 

Alan Vega was the kind of artist who you either find or you don't. If you don't find him, you'll think someone else invented the things they took from him. If you do find him, you'll instantly understand why so many different musicians took the time to mourn him. This song from one of Vega's solo records (I think using equipment borrowed from The Cars) marks him as a sort of digital Lou Reed. Vega was also better known as half of Suicide. One of their songs will be ending this post.

We've got some other goodbyes first, though. Press on...

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